The following is from the USERL site. I came acrossed it a couple weeks ago when I googled something.
Since then I haven't been able to get this guy out of my head. I keep thinking he needs some one who wants to love and spoil him and help him enjoy life as long as possible. [I have always been the girl that brought the sick strays home.]
I am wondering if I would be capable of caring for this horse. As I have posted before - I have only had horses for 3 months when I inherted my 2 geldings. [Always wanted a pony but Dad never gave in] I bred Rottwielers for 17 years and have always had some sort of animal around me. [Presently 6 cats, 2 dogs and 2 horses]
My kids are grown and on their own [thank God] and I don't work. My husband grew up on a sheep farm and worked on a cattle farm. I was an EMT so I have some human medical skills. I know money will be an issue with this horse and and if his quality of life deteriates, euthanasia might come early but I still have this desire to go meet him and if all went well bring him home. I have the barn, 5+ acres of flat pasture and our winters are pretty mild. Before I jump into something I really have no experience with I would like to hear opinions from people who have experience with horses. What are ya'll thoughts on what it would take to care for him and if I could give him a good life.
Thanks for your time.
Here's the site description:
Thoroughbred - Training: Ground manners
DOB: 2004 - Health: see description
Height: 17.2 H - Restrictions: companion only
Sex: Gelding - Fee: Donation appreciated
Description: My professional name is Mo’ Glitter. My USERL name is MoJo. My fosters call me ‘Mo’. In my mind, I am the fastest racehorse ever born! The only problem is I have bad arthritis in three of my legs. One is so bad, with a bog spavin swelling, that I hardly use it! Unfortunately, hock injections have not provided any long term relief. I need joint supplements every day, and some mornings when I have trouble standing, I need some bute and hugs. I also like being fed ‘breakfast in bed’ on those difficult mornings. But when I am able to stand again, nothing slows me down.
I am the most social horse you will ever meet! I LOVE people (except maybe the vet) and LOVE other animals! I could never be by myself, even for a short length of time. I would be a perfect companion for young horses, and I adore the ladies! Although I cannot be ridden, I am very smart, and if you like to teach tricks or practice ground training, I am your horse. However, I am a big fella, and if I intimidate you, I will do whatever I wish. Forcing me to do anything will make me rebel. But if you use patience, consistency, and give me time to figure things out, we will have a great relationship. I love to learn and am very curious. I come when called, give hugs when asked, lower my head for the halter (because I am so tall, that is a bonus!), lead like a pro, bathe, and stand for the farrier who is considerate of my needs. I will trailer best with a buddy, but it is not one of my strengths. I cannot be lunged or ‘run’ in circles for any length of time due to my legs. Yet, if you play with me, I will stay at your side or walk with you all day long. I really am a great catch if you just want a horse to love on. Actually, I am not sure why you haven’t filled out that adoption application yet! I can’t wait to meet you!